There will be no shortage of options for the Red Sox this offseason, but the Mets seem to line up better than most other teams to trade with Boston.

I’m almost at the point where I can’t wait for the playoffs to be over. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed the hell out of these playoffs and I will immediately miss watching baseball when it’s over. It’s just that there are so many decisions the Red Sox have to make, and I’m somewhat anxious to see what they end up doing. From the outside, it certainly looks as if they’ve set themselves up for at least one trade, if not more. Sure, they have plenty of freed up cash to spend on free agency, but they also have logjams throughout their organization that are just begging to be opened up through trade. The question that remains, though, is who they could trade with. Of course, teams like the Phillies, Marlins and Reds have and will continue to come up. However, the Mets are another team who could line up extremely well for a deal this offseason, and one there has been little talk about.

First, we’ll look at what the Red Sox figure to be targeting this year. Obviously, the number one priority will be filling the rotation. This is where the Phillies and Reds come in, as they both have those easy top-of-the-rotation type arms that could very well be available in Cole Hamels, Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos. On the other hand, those types of pitchers are also up for grabs in free agency with the likes of Jon Lester, Max Scherzer and James Shields. It’s far from a guarantee that next year’s ace comes from a trade. Boston also figures to be one of the biggest competitors on …read more